[review] DOD 440 Envelope Filter (by LievenDV)

The 2014 version of the DOD 440 is the reissue of a classic envelope filter. This time it comes with true bypass (while its ancestor didn't). The control scheme of this pedal is simple: 2 knobs adjust Level and Range, a switch changes the voicing from "Up" to "Down".

[review] Joyo Ironman JF-316 Future Chorus - Chorus (by rlm)

By now, JOYO is a rather well known manufacturer of effect pedals and many accessories for the modern musician. This Chinese company is adored by many due to the quality of the products they offer at reasonable pricing. Not that long ago, JOYO released a range of small effect pedals called the Ironman series. This series of mini pedals covers a whole range of overdrive, distortion, boost and modulation effects. One of their latest additions is the Future chorus.

As is the case with the other pedals in the range, the Future chorus takes little space on your pedal board. Since it's that small, there is no room for a battery and therefore a 9v power supply is required. Inside the box you'll find a patch of velcro and a rubber strip that have been cut out to the size of the pedal. Once attached, the rubber strip will prevent the pedal from sliding all over the place when placed on the floor. The patch of velcro can be used if you want to put the pedal on your pedal board. The pedal itself has a plastic cover to protect your settings while playing. The logo will light up on the cover when the pedal is active. And of course, this pedal is true bypass, just like the other pedals in the Ironman range.

[review] Joyo Ironman JF-309 Boogie Master (by rlm)

JOYO has increased their range of mini pedals with a series of amp simulator pedals which capture the distinctive tones of well-respected amplifier brands like Fender, Orange, Marshall, Vox and Mesa Boogie. These pedals feature a cab simulator which makes it very easy for recording.

The Boogie Master (to no surprise) tries to capture the famous Californian sound. Many adore the low, fat tones Mesa Boogie amplifiers produce. Now Joyo has come up with a neat little pedal of which they claim "brings you modern rock and metal sounds reminiscent of the leading company in the field. The sound is always fat and always huge." 

[review] Accel RV-SS Classic Reverbs (by rlm)

Accel is a California based company that specializes in pedal boards, cables, power supplies and effects. They have recently released three effect pedals in the “select series” range which are built in China. The company offers original equipment manufacturer pedals from selected manufacturers that have been well proven out in tone, quality, price and sales. These pedals are actually made by another manufacturer and tweaked to Accel's specifications. You can read more about the company's philosophy on their website

Accel claims to offer a quality product that won't drain your wallet. Does the rv-ss Classic Reverbs live up to that claim? 

[review] Caline CP-26 Snake Bite - Reverb (by Bieke)

Caline has been around since 2010, and until now, this modest Asian company offers a full line of budget friendly pedals, their latest addition is the CP-30 Red Devil metal distortion. At the Musikmesse I stumbled into the Caline booth to check it out and I noticed the CP-26 Snake Bite reverb. I figured I’d give it a try. Well, first impression was that it sounded surprisingly good. First impressions can be misleading, so I did get another opportunity to give it another try. Here’s my review.

Caline Snake Bite ReverbThe looks

Well, Caline has this no nonsense standardized and uniform approach towards their line of pedals, low profile marketing, plain cardboard box, a uniform pedal housing, plain colors, classic knobs … Spartan looks.

The Snake Bite is a bit different, it still has the standard aluminum cast housing, and it’s a plain black pedal with white lettering, actually a stylish look, 2 rows of 3 controls each, white fluted knobs with black markers.  The pots feel solid, just enough stiffness for finetuning the controls.

9V DC adapter socket on top, in- and output on the sides. Status LED. 

It looks expensive.

Inside, it looks clean, jacks and pots are soldered onto the main PCB, whereas the switch is soldered onto a separate PCB, there is no battery clip.

[review] D*A*M Ezekiel 25:17 - Low Frequency Distortion Generator (by LievenDV)

D*A*M

David A Main and Linzi Haynes make up D*A*M. I'm sure his own initials made up the brand name but they turned it into "Differential Audio Manifestationz".

They bring back the iconic Ezekiel in this new and massive iteration.

"Massive" is the word, as it hogs a massive amount of pedalboard real estate. Much has to do with the reorganization of the controls and the combination of different circuits in this pedal I suppose.

[demo] Stone Deaf FX PDF-1 Parametric Distortion Filter (by Joris & Jesse)

Here's a demo of the Stone Deaf FX PDF-1 Parametric Distortion Filter recorded for Effects Database by Joris and Jesse of the Belgian band These Mountains Are Ghosts.

Who?

  • Joris Everaerts (guitar)
  • Jesse Sampermans (camera, video editing,....)

Gear used:

  • Hagstrom Deuce F
  • Ampeg V4 (late 70s)
  • Framus CS212 (Celestion V30 speakers)
  • Heil PR 30 mic

Positive:

  • Tonal options are very broad
  • Frequencies can be boosted, but also cut
  • Cool looks
  • Sturdy construction, to get vintage Maestro filter sounds with a modern and reliable build quality

Negative:

  • Can be noisy when used together with other pedals
  • No gain control

[review] OGRE Kronomaster Delay (by LievenDV)

The Ogre Kronomaster Delay looks like a time traveler. Hence the name of the pedal of course. But literally; It has the shape of a futuristic helmet and its eye go shine haunting blue when you switch on the effect.

It looks sturdy and it feels heavy. That's because of its solid build quality.

The people at OGRE sure see it as a priority as the brand equips their pedals with a sliding door that covers the controls from any external influences. It all comes firmly fixed in a nice, stylish box as well.

[review] DigiTech Luxe - Polyphonic Detune Pedal (by LievenDV)

As a rhythm guitarists, I'm always very interested in thickening my sound with some texture and yet I've never been a big fan of chorus and flanger, probably because it reminded me too much of the excessive use of the eighties and nineties. I tried adding lower and higher octaves or some harmonies in any possible conceivable combination but I always felt like a hair metal lead player when I turned them on.

I was wondering if this pedal would be for me then...

DigiTech LuxeDescription

The Digitech Luxe is a straightforward detune pedal. Its detune function is similar to that of the Whammy. It comes in a very basic layout and frankly, that's all you need for this.

You'll find two controls, "Level" and "Detune".

Level is the amount of the detuned signal in the blend with the dry signal. 12 o' clock gives you 50/50, just as you would expect.

The Detune can go from 50 cents below to above the original pitch. The design and build quality of Digitech products is great these days. Haters gonna hate when they read this but quality digital effects like this are no cheapo, retarded little brother to "original", analog effects. I even believe Digitech is one of the handful of brands that, through their own learnings over the years, helped to affirm the street cred of digital on the pedalboard.

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